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CF sufferer Arron O'Leary dies

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 10:42am

A well-known young Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferer from Cork has died.

Arron O’Leary, 13, from Upper Adamstown in Ballinhassig, passed away peacefully at home yesterday.

His story came to national prominence in 2015 when he travelled to Newcastle to undergo a long-awaited double lung transplant in December of that year.

He was reported to have recovered well from this procedure.

He and his brother Cian, who also suffers with CF, were honoured with a Special Achievement Award at the Garda Youth Awards last December.

Arron and his family were also heavily involved in the Build4Life charity, which raises funds for CF care at the CUH.

His family and friends have helped to raise over €150,000 for Build4Life since the charity was set up in 2007, according to reports.

A statement on the charity’s website and social media this morning read: “RIP Arron, we will all miss you so very much, our hearts are truly broken.”

"All I can do is offer my condolences to is family," said Joe Browne, chairperson of Build4Life.

"They are huge supporters of ours, they have been since our inception. It's just so sad."

Arron will be laid to rest after a funeral mass at the Church of Mary, Mother of God in Ballygarvan tomorrow morning.

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